Top 100 Composers: Darius Milhaud

I debated with myself about whether to even consider including Milhaud but the more I remembered how much I loved "La creation de la monde" (1923) & "Le boeuf sur le toit" (1919) the more I thought I should give his music a chance. Then I listened to "L'homme et son désir" (1921) & that clinched it for me. All his more 'light' music couldn't detract from 3 such great compositions. The list below is of every recording of his music that I have in my own collection that I could put my hands on without searching through thousands of such recordings one-by-one. I don't think I've ever heard anything of his in concert so I can't add anything like that.

"Le boeuf sur le toit" is said to be partially based on a pop song that Milhaud heard in Brazil while secretary to Paul Claudel, the French ambassador there during the latter part of WWI. I suppose it's a little ironic that I love it more than any of the South American music that I know of that's in a similar vein that followed it.

 

"Le Printemps" (piano version) - "Book 1" is Op. 25

"Six chamber symphonies":

"No. 1 'Le printemps'", Op. 43

"No. 2 'Pastorale'", Op. 49

"No. 3 'Sérénade'", Op. 71

"No. 4 Op. 74 for ten string instruments"

"No. 5 Op. 75 for ten wind instruments"

"No. 6 Op. 79 for soprano, contralto, tenor, bass, oboe & cello"

"L'homme et son désir", Op. 48

"Protée - Symphonic Suite No. 2", Op. 57

"Le boeuf sur le toit" for orchestra, Op. 58

"Saudades do Brasil", Op. 67

"Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel: Sortie de la Nice", Op. 70

"Trois Rag-Caprices (à Jean Weiner)", Op. 78

"La Creation du Monde", Op. 81

"Le carnival d'Aix", Op. 83b

"Les Malheurs d'Orphée", Op. 85

"Les Quatre Saisons"

"Viola Concerto No. 1" Op. 108 (2nd version, for soloists)

"Concerto for percussion & chamber orchestra", Op. 109

"Concertino de Printemps", Op. 135

"Movements from Suite Provencale", Op. TBA (I'll put it with "Op. 152")

"Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano", Op. 157b

"Piano Concerto No. 2", Op. 225 [listed incorrectly in the CD as "Op. 228"]

"Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra", Op. 228

"La muse ménagère", Op. 245 for piano

"Danses de Jacarémirim", Op. 256

"Second Violin Concerto", Op. 263

"Suite cisalpine sure des airs populaires piedmontais", Op. 332 for cello & orchestra

 

 

 

 

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